To all those out there…..
Happy New Year!
May you have the best of the New Year…
May you be Healthly, Wealthy and Wise…..
May you keep coming back here to the
If Conservatives are to get a bulletproof majority in the House in 2012, these are the seats they must target:
AZ-7: Raul Grijalva
AZ-8: Gabrielle Giffords
AR-4: Mike Ross
CA-10: John Garamendi
CA-11: Jerry McNerney
CA-18: Dennis Cardoza
CA-20: Jim Costa
CA-47: Loretta Sanchez
CA-51: Bob Filner
CO-7: Ed Perlmutter
CT-1: John Larson
CT-2: Joe Courtney
CT-3: Rosa DeLauro
CT-4: Jim Himes
CT-5: Chris Murphy
DE-AL: John Carney
GA-2: Sanford Bishop
GA-12: John Barrow
IN-2: Joe Donnelly
IN-7 Andre Carson
IA-1: Bruce Braley
IA-2: Dave Loebsack
IA-3: Leonard Boswell
KY-3: John Yarmuth
KY-6: Ben Chandler
ME-1: Chellie Pingree
ME-2: Mike Michaud
MA-3: Jim McGovern
MA-4: Barney Frank
MA-5: Niki Tsongas
MA-6: John Tierney
MA-10: Bill Keating
MI-5: Dale Kildee
MI-9: Gary Peters
MI-15: John Dingell
MN-1: Tim Walz
MN-7: Collin Peterson
MO-3: Russ Carnahan
MO-5: Emmanuel Cleaver
NJ-6: Frank Pallone
NJ-9: Steve Rothman
NJ-12: Rush Holt
NM-1: Martin Heinrich
NM-3: Ben Lujan
NY-1: Tim Bishop
NY-4: Carolyn McCarthy
NY-22: Maurice Hinchey
NY-23: Bill Owens
NY-27: Brian Higgins
NC-4: David Price
NC-7: Mike McIntyre
NC-8: Larry Kissell
NC-11: Heath Shuler
NC-13: Brad Miller
OH-9: Marcy Kaptur
OH-10: Dennis Kucinich
OH-13: Betty Sutton
OK-2: Dan Boren
OR-1: David Wu
OH-4: Peter DeFazio
OH-5: Kurt Schrader
PA-4: Jason Altmire
PA-12: Mark Critz
PA-13: Allyson Schwartz
PA-17: Tim Holden
RI-1: David Cicilline
SC-6: Jim Clyburn
TN-5: Jim Cooper
TX-15: Ruben Hinojosa
TX-25: Lloyd Doggett
TX-28: Henry Cuellar
UT-2: Jim Matheson
VA-11: Gerry Connolly
WA-2: Rick Larsen
WA-6: Norm Dicks
WA-9: Adam Smith
WV-3: Nick Rahall
WI-3: Ron Kind
Republicans to keep an eye on for RINO tendencies:
AL-2: Martha Roby
CA-19: Jeff Denham
CA-41: Jerry Lewis
FL-5: Rick Nugent
FL-13: Vern Buchanan
IL-15: Tim Johnson
IL-16: Don Manzullo
IA-4: Tom Latham
KS-3: Kevin Yoder
LA-5: Rodney Alexander
KY-5: Hal Rogers
MD-1: Andy Harris
MI-6: Fred Upton
MS-1: Alan Nunnelee
NE-2: Lee Terry
NH-2: Charlie Bass
NJ-2: Frank LoBiondo
NJ-4: Chris Smith
NJ-7: Leonard Lance
NC-3: Walter Jones Jr.
VA-5: Robert Hurt
WA-8: Dave Reichert
WV-1: David McKinley
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[Lebron James going to the hoop…..]
Patrick Sauer recently attended a viewing of the first-ever NBA telecast on ESPN’s new 3D channel, and it was a glimpse into our strange future: floating heads, precision celebrity high-fives, and lots and lots of really unreal detail.Share on Facebook
Ok….Jack this is another one of my clarification pieces…
I’ve never met Julian Assange…
From I read about him….
I don’t think I’d like the guy…
I do NOT think what he did and the way he did it was right….
I do think he needs to face the music in Sweden and I don’t know why he hasn’t already….
I do think that the US IS gonna want a piece out of him…
But that’s his problem….
With all that being said…
The Wikileaks leaks DOES have a good side to it….
First of all…
WTF does the US classify so much?
Most of the stuff leaked has been so pedestrian ….
It shows absolutely nothing amazing or secret….
Second of all…
That the leaks occurred proves two things…
That the State Department needs to find another more secure way to handle cables first…
That the system that this stuff is on is unsecure….
US Army Private Brad Manning stole tons of data…
The system didn’t know it…
Mannings bosses didn’t know it either…
The second thing that is good from this caper is that CIA didn’t have a leak…
There has to be people in that agency that are very happy that they are not sharing stuff on that network…
And they probably never will….
The Military needs to clean up their act….
Assange and his band of merry men and I’m sure women have actually issued only about 1,942 cables out of their total cache of a whopping
251,287…..This number is less than one percent of the total…..
Fourth and last…..
They dust has settled already on this ….
The US is still intact and doing business with allies….
To our knowledge no one has been compromised….
And Julian Assange is under mansion arrest in the UK…..
It’s been a great advertisement for Wikileaks but not much else…
(they are rapidly trying to turn themselves into a news gathering organization which would give them cover if they continue doing stuff like this …they hope )
In fact they lost money and access on the deal…..
That’s ok also…..
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Mark Knoller of CBS News is the unofficial keeper of presidential numbers and offers a few highlights from President Obama’s year:
Speeches, statements and remarks: 491
News conferences : 27
Town hall meetings: 17
Vacation trips: 6, including all or part of 32 days
Flights on Air Force One: 172
Flights on Marine One: 196
Rounds of golf: 29
Basketball games: 20
I don’t have time to rearrange and reformat this now, but here’s the Congressional Directory’s list of “Class I” Senators whose terms expire in January, 2013 (up for re-election in 2012).
Congressional Directory for the 111th Congress (2009-2010), December 2009.
[From the U.S. Government Printing Office, http://www.gpo.gov
TERMS OF SERVICE
EXPIRATION OF THE TERMS OF SENATORS
Class I.–SENATORS WHOSE TERMS OF SERVICE EXPIRE IN 2013
33 Senators in this group:
Independent Democrat, 1
Name Party Residence
Akaka, Daniel K.\1\…………… D. Honolulu, HI.
Barrasso, John \2\……………. R. Casper, WY.
Bingaman, Jeff……………….. D. Santa Fe, NM.
Brown, Sherrod……………….. D. Avon, OH.
Byrd, Robert C……………….. D. Sophia, WV. > Joe Manchin, D.
Cantwell, Maria………………. D. Edmonds, WA.
Cardin, Benjamin L……………. D. Baltimore, MD.
Carper, Thomas R……………… D. Wilmington, DE.
Casey, Robert P., Jr………….. D. Scranton, PA.
Conrad, Kent \3\……………… D. Bismarck, ND.
Corker, Bob………………….. R. Chattanooga, TN.
Ensign, John…………………. R. Las Vegas, NV.
Feinstein, Dianne \4\…………. D. San Francisco, CA.
Gillibrand, Kirsten E.\5\……… D. Hudson, NY.
Hatch, Orrin G……………….. R. Salt Lake City, UT.
Hutchison, Kay Bailey \6\……… R. Dallas, TX.
Kirk, Paul G., Jr.\7\…………. D. Marstons Mills, MA. > Scott Brown, R.
Klobuchar, Amy……………….. D. Minneapolis, MN.
Kohl, Herb…………………… D. Milwaukee, WI.
Kyl, Jon…………………….. R. Phoenix, AZ.
Lieberman, Joseph I…………… I.D. New Haven, CT.
Lugar, Richard G……………… R. Indianapolis, IN.
McCaskill, Claire…………….. D. Kirkwood, MO.
Menendez, Robert \8\………….. D. Hoboken, NJ.
Nelson, Ben………………….. D. Omaha, NE.
Nelson, Bill…………………. D. Orlando, FL.
Sanders, Bernard……………… I. Burlington, VT.
Snowe, Olympia J……………… R. Auburn, ME.
Stabenow, Debbie……………… D. Lansing, MI.
Tester, Jon………………….. D. Big Sandy, MT.
Webb, Jim……………………. D. Arlington, VA.
Whitehouse, Sheldon…………… D. Providence, RI.
Wicker, Roger F.\9\…………… R. Tupelo, MS.
\1\ Senator Akaka was appointed April 28, 1990, to fill the vacancy
caused by the death of Senator Spark M. Matsunaga, and took the oath
of office on May 16, 1990; subsequently elected in a special election
on November 6, 1990, for the remainder of the unexpired term;
subsequently elected to a full term in 1994.
\2\ Senator Barrasso was appointed on June 22, 2007, to fill the vacancy
caused by the death of Senator Craig Thomas, and took the oath of
office on June 25, 2007.
\3\ Senator Conrad resigned his term from Class III after winning a
special election on December 4, 1992, to fill the vacancy caused by
the death of Senator Quentin Burdick. Senator Conrad’s seniority in
the Senate continues without a break in service. He took the oath of
office on December 15, 1992.
\4\ Senator Feinstein won the special election held on November 3, 1992,
to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Senator Pete Wilson.
She took the oath of office on November 10, 1992. She won the seat
from Senator John Seymour who had been appointed on January 7, 1991.
She was elected to a full term in 1994.
\5\ Senator Gillibrand was appointed on January 23, 2009, to fill the
vacancy caused by the resignation of Hillary Rodham Clinton. She took
the oath of office on January 27, 2009.
\6\ Senator Hutchison won the special election held on June 5, 1993, to
fill remainder of the term of Senator Lloyd Bentsen. She took the oath
of office on June 14, 1993. She won the seat from Senator Bob Krueger,
who had been appointed on January 21, 1993. She was elected to a full
term in 1994.
\7\ Senator Kirk was appointed on September 24, 2009, to fill the
vacancy caused by the death of Edward M. Kennedy. He took the oath of
office on September 25, 2009.
\8\ Senator Menendez was appointed on January 17, 2006, to fill the
vacancy caused by the resignation of Senator Jon S. Corzine;
subsequently elected to a full term in November 2006.
\9\ Senator Wicker was appointed on December 31, 2007, to fill the
vacancy caused by the seat left vacant by the resignation of Trett
Lott. He took the oath of office on December 31, 2007; subsequently
elected in a special election on November 4, 2008.
This was sent to the Dog by kohler…..
New people here don’t usually get a post…..
But this one’s informative…..
And reminds us that America…
Which fights for democracy all over the globe….
Is a republic….
That does NOT elect it’s laeder by popular vote…..
By 2012, The National Popular Vote bill could guarantee the Presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states (and DC).
Every vote, everywhere, would be politically relevant and equal in presidential elections. Elections wouldn’t be about winning states. Every vote, everywhere would be counted for and directly assist the candidate for whom it was cast. Candidates would need to care about voters across the nation, not just undecided voters in a handful of battleground states.
The bill would take effect only when enacted by states possessing a majority of the electoral votes–enough electoral votes to elect a President (270 of 538). Then all the electoral votes from those states would be awarded to the presidential candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states (and DC).
Historically, virtually all of the major changes in the method of electing the President, including ending the requirement that only men who owned substantial property could vote and 48 current state-by-state winner-take-all laws, have come about by state legislative action.
The bill has been endorsed or voted for by 1,922 state legislators (in 50 states) who have sponsored and/or cast recorded votes in favor of the bill.
In Gallup polls since 1944, only about 20% of the public has supported the current system of awarding all of a state’s electoral votes to the presidential candidate who receives the most votes in each separate state (with about 70% opposed and about 10% undecided). Support for a national popular vote is strong in virtually every state, partisan, and demographic group surveyed in recent polls in closely divided battleground states: CO– 68%, IA –75%, MI– 73%, MO– 70%, NH– 69%, NV– 72%, NM– 76%, NC– 74%, OH– 70%, PA — 78%, VA — 74%, and WI — 71%; in smaller states (3 to 5 electoral votes): AK – 70%, DC – 76%, DE –75%, ME — 77%, NE — 74%, NH –69%, NV — 72%, NM — 76%, RI — 74%, and VT — 75%; in Southern and border states: AR –80%, KY — 80%, MS –77%, MO — 70%, NC — 74%, and VA — 74%; and in other states polled: CA — 70%, CT — 74% , MA — 73%, MN – 75%, NY — 79%, WA — 77%, and WV- 81%.
The bill has passed 31 state legislative chambers, in 21 small, medium-small, medium, and large states, including one house in AR, CT, DE, DC, ME, MI, NV, NM, NY, NC, and OR, and both houses in CA, CO, HI, IL, NJ, MD, MA ,RI, VT, and WA . The bill has been enacted by DC, HI, IL, NJ, MD, MA, and WA. These 7 states possess 76 electoral votes — 28% of the 270 necessary to bring the law into effect.Share on Facebook
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Australian Fireworks burst above the Sydney Opera House during the 9 p.m. celebration.
At the Opera Bar Beach House, hundreds of people paid up to $500 for the view and a party with a beach theme….Share on Facebook
This headline from the New York Times makes me smile…..
People have been complaining about green house gases and global warming….
So the government does do something about it….
Now that the SOMETHING is going to come into effect….
The media changes direction and spotlights the trouble it could cause…..
Knowing full well that SOMETHING has to be done to slow down the use of fossil fuels in the atmosphere…..
The political story really doesn’t interest me….
It’s the same thing over and over…
Our Health …..
This shouldn’t be an issue….
President Obama vowed as a candidate that he would put the United States on a path to addressing climate change by reducing emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas pollutants. He offered Congress wide latitude to pass climate change legislation, but held in reserve the threat of E.P.A. regulation if it failed to act. The deeply polarized Senate’s refusal to enact climate change legislation essentially called his bluff.
With Mr. Obama’s hand forced by the mandates of the Clean Air Act and a 2007 Supreme Court decision, his E.P.A. will impose the first regulation of major stationary sources of greenhouse gases starting Jan. 2.
For now, administration officials are treading lightly, fearful of inflaming an already charged atmosphere on the issue and mindful that its stated priorities are job creation and economic recovery. Officials are not seeking a major confrontation over carbon regulation, which offers formidable challenges even in a less stressed economic and political climate.
“If the administration gets it wrong, we’re looking at years of litigation, legislation and public and business outcry,” said a senior administration official who asked not to be identified so as not to provide an easy target for the incoming Republicans. “If we get it right, we’re facing the same thing.”
“Can we get it right?” this official continued. “Or is this just too big a challenge, too complex a legal, scientific, political and regulatory puzzle?”Share on Facebook
While driving around in my SUV with my wife yesterday…
I heard a session on POTUS XM radio between Joe Mathieu and some guy who had made a good amount of trips to the Afghan war zones…..
The guy was very informed on what was going on in the war zone….
You could tell he wasn’t a media person for the cable channels….
I loved the session because the guy was giving it straight…
He was telling Mathieu what he saw…..
The truth he went on to say was that the United States was fighting the war the way we do things….
He related how the ‘command center’ in the war was controlled by a control center in Kabul the size of all most a football field…
With a ‘grand room’ straight out NASA or NORAD…..With the giant screens and tons of operators and smaller screens…
He went on to say even smaller control stations where replica’s of the big one…..
He went on to give an example of how the ‘local’s’ are described as Taliban but really are ANYBODY that might join the fight against the US/NATO forces…
That anybody could be a radical muslim ‘tru’ believer….A pissed off local who had a family member hurt by collateral damage from a drone strike….Or….
Just a kid with nothing to do that picks up a AK-47 and lets off a clip……
The reaction would be the same….
The whole incident goes from the first report all the way to Kabul and as far as the Special Ops Command in Tampa….
The US does things with technology and BIG….
And the guy reported that the BIG includes building things…
He explained that American’s have no concept of how much building is being done in that country for the military….
The idea IS….
All these things are stake’s that cannot and will not be removed anytime soon….If ever….
The conversation went on about the speaker’s visit to some of the outposts….
Where he lived and spoke to the front line troops…..
Here he pointed out the disconnect between being home in the US and being in the fight….
Out in the fight there is no concept of quitting…
This whole campaign is looked at a slow, long drive to displace the Taliban…or whoever…
There is no mention of winning this…
And I agree….
From the grunt in the combat post, to the generals running the war….to the President…
The concept of winning the war is simply not there….
The goal the guy talking to Mathieu’s explained is to grab enough ground and disrupt the Taliban and whoever….
By doing so….
The US?NATO hope to give Karzai …or better yet….The afghan’s a chance to form a strong enough government
To try and stand on it’s own….
I have posted here that the general have report back to the Joint Chiefs and therefore the Commander the President that 2011 and 2014 are GOALS for
the President to assuage the American people and the media…..
That the Afghan’s will ready to walk on their own by then is anyone’s guess…..
I have said here for the last few months that I do not believe the US can win….
I guess I join the US government in acknowledging this as a fact….
I can always get people to jump on my case by saying what this guy has said….
The US/NATO aren’t going anyplace anytime soon….
Just as in Iraq where the war HAS stopped….
Normalcy is a thing that is far from coming home there…
And US troops will be there permanently……
And so I poise this as the Discussion Question of the Day…..
What’s your feelings on this people?
(Sidebar…..When you sign up for the military as thousands of men and woman do EVERY month….You volunteer….You are signing with the full knowledge that you could be going to a war zone….I do not entertain the notion that solider’s are innocent to this fact)Share on Facebook
The Staff of the US Army Combat Studies Institute has released the 274 page report on the Afghan outpost that got overran at the cost of 9 DOA’s and 2 dozen wounded….
The result of the attack was a shock for commanders….
The reports lays blame on the company commanders….
NOT theater commanders….. As was originally reported…
The men fought a good fight…
But lost comrades…
There where oversights in the base set-up and fields of observation….
The lessons learned from the incident should assure that commander’s in the field..
DO NOT make the same mistakes…..
The final version of the OP Topside and COP Kahler — aka Wanat — ambush report has been completed and released. The 274 page report is chock full of great information and detailed accounts of the action and fallout of the attack which killed nine and wounded more than two dozen.
The report’s authors say sure, there could have been more drone passes and eyes in the sky making sure Talib fighters weren’t snooping into the wire. But the outposts did have high rez thermal cameras, LRAS3 scopes and a “robust SIGINT” capability (Prophet?). But when you don’t have boots on the ground or your OP is in a place where those things can’t see, all the million dollar gadgets don’t get you much….
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By Meteor Blades @ Dailykos….
“You’ve got to just develop as thick a skin as you can, understand that some people will disagree with you on a principled basis but other people will disagree with you for purely political and partisan reasons.”
— Eric H. Holder Jr.
The attorney general is apparently going to need that thick skin in the coming year. He’s going to be catching it from both sides in the 112th Congress, though presumably the main attacks will be coming from the Republicans who will control the House of Representatives. Charlie Savage at The New York Times writes:
Mr. Holder is a particularly juicy target because he presides over issues that have served as recurrent fodder for political controversy — including using the criminal justice system for terrorism cases, and federal enforcement of civil-rights and immigration laws.
More than most administration officials, he has served as a proxy for Republican attacks on what they see as President Obama’s left-leaning agenda. At least two 2012 possible Republican presidential hopefuls have already called for Mr. Holder’s resignation.
“It’s likely to be a difficult year,” said Bruce Buchanan, a political science professor at the University of Texas, Austin, who said Mr. Holder’s coming fights are likely to “attract press attention in a way that steps on other messages the Obama administration would like to have front and center.”
A good deal of the difficulties will come from the new head of the House Judiciary Committee, Lamar Smith of Texas, and Darrell Issa, the California Representative who will be chief of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee. With subpoena power, Issa, who has called President Obama “one of the most corrupt Presidents in modern times,” sees himself as a “whistleblower” instead of the bombastic blowhard so many others take him to be.
Although the first investigations will likely be into food and drug safety and economic matters such as Countrywide’s VIP program that allegedly gave public officials reduced-rate mortgages, the probes will undoubtedly turn to the administration soon enough. Among the issues: alleged inadequacy of the investigation of ACORN, the Justice Department’s dismissal of a case against the New Black Panthers, dealing with terrorism-related trials and the situation posed by Wikileaks, the latter being a subject that may also draw negative reactions to the department’s approach from Democrats. Holder may also catch grief from left-leaning Democrats upset about reshaped Miranda warnings for suspected terrorists and regulations regarding Internet wiretapping. Despite all the supposed concern for the rule of law, nobody on either side of the aisle will, of course, be talking about any war-crime prosecutions against the Cheney-Bush administration.
Holder told the Times he’s been in this spot before, having served as deputy attorney general in the Clinton administration when both the House and Senate under Republican control were a good deal more interested in overseeing the Justice Department than they even pretended to be during the eight years Bush and his pals did their utmost to turn the place into a partisan cesspool.